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A Valencian hagiography can be seen with a curious xylographic print on the cover: in the middle of a field, we see the body of Saint Onofre with his halo, beard and long hair. His arms are crossed, he is covered by furs until the knees, he is waiting to receive sepulchre by an anchorite saint who shows the place to two lions who want to open tomb.

Who was Saint Onofre? He was an Egyptian monk, who lived in the IV century, as a cenobite in Edico, monastery of Tebas, and later as a hermit. The image previously described wishes to remind us and enlighten us of Saint Onofre's life, thanking Pafnucio, who going deep into the dessert by himself, found the saint, when had already been 60 years by himself, fasting and lonely.

After blessing his visitor, Onofre died. Pafnucio had replied, without a doubt, to a divine impulse which moved him to this solitary meeting and burial.

Throughout the whole book, the sheets are alternately printed and blank.

Text in Valencian.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Vida de Sanct Onofre": Vida de Sanct Onofre facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

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Vida de Sanct Onofre

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Vida de Sanct Onofre: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine. Size with case 21.7 x 15.5 x 3 cm.

This edition does not include an accompanying commentary volume. A book in Spanish, "Bibliofilia antigua X," includes a monograph on the original document and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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